Production Guidelines

The Film and Audiovisual Industry is a unique business. It can also present unique and unusual occupational health and safety hazards to its workers.

These Guidelines recommend realistic procedures to develop methods for identifying potential hazards in our work environments, in order to increase our productivity and to protect those working in the film and audiovisual industry. Safe procedures do not involve losing the appearance of risk that can be such a vital quality of the production.

These Guidelines are intended to assist people involved in the industry and not replace the laws that are in place. To determine their legal workplace duties and rights, employers/producers, supervisors and working professionals are urged to refer to the actual legislation.

The Guidelines are for everyone in the film and audiovisual content sector. They aim to educate every worker, in all disciplines, at all levels, in the value of hazard recognition and safe working practices. Education is the foundation of any health and safety program, with knowledgeable performers, support staff, and management working together. The more workers and management know, the more effectively they can identify specific needs and issues before those issues become problems.

Safe practice in a safe environment makes for an efficient operation. At all times we must be vigilant in identifying potential hazards by being aware of where we are, what we are doing, with what and to whom. Safety is cost effective in both human and economic terms.

These Guidelines will be continually updated and augmented, to deal with the changes in the film and audiovisual sector as they occur.